Board of Directors
Are you interested in becoming a member of our Board of Directors? Members must be a resident of Leeds and Grenville and be 18 years or older. The Board meets the second Wednesday of each month. Please send your resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have one vacancy on the board.
As a recently retired educator, Stephen Elliott, our Chair, was privileged to have had the opportunity to work with the future every day. In that work he was particularly drawn to help children address their challenges in order to better realize their inherent potential. And it is that same spirit that drew him to CMHLG and its Board of Directors, with their collective efforts to foster and promote children’s mental health and well-being. Stephen also sits on two committees for the North Grenville community. Outside interests include the usual list of activities including golf, skiing, tennis, travel, reading, and learning to play the ukulele.
Sue Poldervart, Sue has served on the Board of Directors since 2018 and most recently became Vice Chair. With a passion for helping children, youth and families, she brings over 25 years of experience in both the youth justice and education sectors. She values the importance of advocacy, collaboration in addressing system challenges/barriers and loves to work together to offer meaningful and creative programs for children and youth. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she loves spending time at the lake, travelling or heading out on the snowmobile trails with family and friends. She also loves her big chocolate lab, Finley!
Patricia (Pat) Markovich, Upon graduating from Queen’s University Civil Engineering program, Pat worked with Imperial Oil for 20 years progressing through a number of leadership positions in engineering, planning, IT and marketing. Next, Pat ran her own consulting firm specializing in Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. She was sought out to join Foresters in 2001, working in the area of Community Investment overseeing operations in North America. In 2008, Pat and her husband decided to leave Toronto and move back to her home town of Brockville. From here Pat worked a contract role with Ryan’s Well Foundation and later became a realtor with Royal LePage ProAlliance. Pat has always thrived in roles that require strong teamwork, strategic focus, innovative leadership and operational excellence.
Pat retired in 2016, but it still very active on a number of boards including Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville, Thousand Islands Fine Art Association and the council of St John’s United Church. When she’s not volunteering Pat enjoys paddling and hiking with her husband Dan (including an 800 km hike along the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2015).
When not exploring the back waters of Ontario or hiking the globe, Pat and her husband enjoy spending time with their 3 grown children and their spouses and 4 grandchildren.
Dr. Andy Thomas has been a member of the board since 2013. He has been a Family Physician in Eastern Ontario for over 20 years. During that time he has been interested in helping individuals and their families who have been affected by mental illness. He has served on the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Cornwall in the past and is currently a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee of the Upper Canada District School Board. Being a member of volunteer boards is a great way to be involved in the community and to give something back. Andy is married and has 2 children who are currently in University. He likes to balance all the time spent in the office, the hospital and in meetings with cycling, seadooing in the beautiful 1000 Islands and less frequently running (he prefers to leave this to his wife). Before moving to Canada Andy and his wife lived in South Africa. Dr. Thomas has always been attracted to areas of medicine that have been less well served by the system. He has seen a tremendous change in children’s mental health for the better, but there is always more that can be done.
Lance McIntosh has practiced dentistry in his hometown of Prescott since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1995. He has always felt that it is important to be active in his profession and community. Several factors drew him to the Board of Directors over a decade ago. He has enjoyed promoting healthy lifestyles and treating children in his practice over the years while also seeing many children in need in our communities. Lance has volunteered as a coach for many local youth sports organizations and as a leader for Scouts Canada in the past. Community and professional activities include two terms on the Ontario Dental Association’s General Council, past President of the Prescott Rotary Club and current President of the Brockville Dental Society. Lance is constantly amazed by the accomplishments of CMHLG, and is proud to be a small part of it. Being a long serving member on this dynamic, talented and convivial Board has been an enjoyable and enlightening experience!
Christine Kivi is a first and foremost a mom. She has 2 beautiful teenagers that drive her to do her best for Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville. Christine’s interest in mental wellbeing is rooted in her formal education. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Statistics. Christine works full time for The Pythian Group as a Team Leader for a group of extremely talented Database Administrators. With her career focused on Information Technology, she has been able to focus some of her spare time for her true desire and passion – helping ensure our children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Christine loves to travel with her family and experience new and exciting places – even those in our own backyard.
Garry Green is a long term member of the Board of Directors and has acted as Treasurer for most of his time on the board. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the University of Waterloo. He has practiced in Brockville for 31 years. He is also the Treasurer of Brock Cottage which operates recovery homes for men and women suffering from alcohol and drug addictions. He has been involved in many federal and provincial campaigns in a financial capacity. He enjoys curling at the Brockville Country Club. As a neighbour of the Brockville office of CMHLG he admires the work they do and is pleased to be involved with the organization.
Harold Hess has been serving on the Board for 4 year. As a retired secondary and elementary teacher, Vice Principal and Principal, Harold believes in supporting and investing time in his community and the children and families the community serves. With experience as a long -time community volunteer and fundraiser, he now is the Manager of the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau. Harold believes in the collaborative investing of time and community resources in building strong and healthy communities. Harold and his wife Jane have lived in Brockville and area for over 30 years.
Sharon Chapman has been a board member since September 2020. She brings with her over 10 years of experience in the field of child welfare and believes strongly in the importance of community. Sharon has many important young people in her life and it is imperative that she is affiliated with community agencies who may provide support to them one day. Sharon’s love of data and best practice research, as well as her affinity for collaboration makes her a good fit for the team at CMHLG.
Celynne Shipley currently works as a Change Management Practitioner but has worked in a number of related roles across sectors including government, health and home care and financial services. Celynne draws on knowledge gained through a master’s degree in Public Ethics to reflect on what ought to be, her background in behavioural psychology to influence behaviour change and her experiences gained through years of travel to reinforce the value in community and belonginess.
Celynne lives in Kemptville with her husband and two energetic young daughters. She joined the Board in 2021 and looks forward to contributing to the Agency and the community.
Paul Edge – Bio coming soon